Prendiville News

31 July 2019


Phone: 9301 6270



Welcome to Semester Two

Term 2 certainly concluded with a splash! Well done to Mr Lockyer and the student leaders for bringing the term to a close in such a nice way. The generosity of the community to raise $6000 in just one week is a great testament to them. The lunchtime gathering for the culminating events is now a special way to conclude Semester 1.

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Week 1 of Term 2 was one of those weeks where all the wonderful ways the staff of the College integrate their Learning Areas with opportunities for students to discover and expand their skills and understanding beyond the classroom walls. With great achievement in the St Georges Art competition to a lunchtime focus on the Apollo 11 anniversary along with a chance to facilitate an overseas experience for our students – demonstrating learning at PCC certainly happens in many forms. The very important process of Year 11 Course counselling will also take place this week.


An important part of our Strategic Plan #Community is development of community partnerships.

This week, through the talents of Warrick Palmateer, a deep connection was made with one of our neighbouring independent Colleges in Peter Moyes Anglican Community School. On behalf of Prendiville Catholic College, Warrick created two stunning ceramic fonts for their new school chapel.

It was a certainly a special and proud moment for Warrick and our school on Friday when the stunning St Gregory's Chapel was commissioned. One of the ceramic pieces is the Baptismal font and was a special part of the opening. In his address, the College Principal celebrated the work of Warrick and new connection between our two schools through the gifts. I am so pleased we have made this connection and will look for other ways to work with the College for both the benefit of both schools.

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MORE ART FROM THE HEART - St Georges Art Exhibition.

It was also an honour to attend the St Georges Annual Art Exhibition this week. The exhibition showcased the most awesome student art from schools and colleges from all education sectors. The evening was made even more special when the final awards for the exhibition were announced. Prendiville Catholic College was awarded first prize in two or the four sections recognised. Congratulations to Year 12 students Jordan Carrasco for winning first prize in the 3-Dimensional category and Ally-May McGaw in the Digital category.

Art is certainly thriving at our College and it is always inspiring to see our students being supported by committed subject area teams. Our Art team of Mr Eamon Matthews, Ms Jodie Whitby, Mrs Michelle Bryant and Ms Kim Stuart were all smiles and their support and care of not only the students but also of each other exemplifies how we are seeking everyone to collectively work together at our College. The Arts team certainly share in the students and each other’s success.

It was a particularly special evening for Ms Jodie Whitby who has gone above and beyond to extend our senior Art students beyond boundaries.




Our Stations of the Cross Project has been nominated for a CEWA LEAD award and People’s Choice Award (LEAD Awards for Excellence 2019), to be voted by the public on CEWA’s Facebook page.

Please visit this link to the nomination post: and like and share the post. The nomination post with the most likes, reactions and shares will win! The link above will take you straight to the Facebook page where you can simply like.

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You can also watch our video presentation of the project on our Youtube Channel:


The College is blessed to still have a number of foundation staff still working at the College. This week foundation staff member and resident scientist, Mr Gerard Giannasi, was in full flight with all the excitement of the anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969. Mr Giannasi enthralled a large number of students who attended the lunch time moon landing celebration. The students were mesmerised by the original newspaper stories that Gerard shared with them. Gerard even had copies of the original certificate of witness to the event available for the students.

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I am pleased to share with staff that CEWA have earmarked funding to place Mrs Cheryl Lennox Bradley at our College to develop and pilot a a special project in Aboriginal Education. The special program has a focus on providing support, programs and aspirational mentoring to maximise success at school and post school for Aboriginal students. I am grateful to CEWA and Director of Teaching and Learning at CEWA, Mrs Eileen Climo, for their acceptance and support of the proposal which will have a positive impact on our College and wider CEWA.

Mrs Bradley will be full time at Prendiville Catholic College in a new role that will provide high end leadership of Aboriginal Education. This new role will allow Cheryl to continue focused work at Prendiville whilst developing an aspirational mentoring program that will be extended into other catholic schools.

Mrs Bradley will bring a great deal of experience, wisdom and commitment to this project and we look forward to her being an integral part of our community over the next three years. Cheryl is an inspiration to our community and her presence as a full time staff member and part of the Mission and Identity team presents so many great possibilities for Prendiville and CEWA into the future.


This week is an important time for our Year 10 students who participate in their senior years course counselling sessions. Our Year ten students will make important decisions in regard to the pathway they will embark in Year 11 and Year 12.

A unique part of Prendiville are the pathways available to students in Years 11 and 12. These pathways are designed with purpose to allow our students to personalise their program of study in years 11 and 12. We are proud that our students now have four consolidated pathways to choose from:

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We wish our Year 12 students all the best as they begin what is there last term of formal secondary classes.

Announcement from the Bishops of Western Australia

On 29 July 2019, the Most Reverend Donald Sproxton, Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, announced the decision by the Bishops of Western Australia to incorporate Catholic Education in Western Australia.

Below is a copy of Bishop Sproxton’s letter to all staff in Catholic schools and offices across Western Australia:

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For your children

Mark Antulov



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I remind all parents using the parking area before the bus bays off Prendiville Ave the following:

  • Students must not be dropped off (or picked up) in the areas marked in yellow on the map. These are areas are also marked on the road way.

  • You may not pass a stationary car waiting to pick up a student.

As a community we always behave in a safe and considerate manner with the safety of education of our students always at the centre of all we do.

Simon Kanakis

Vice Principal


As of the end of last term, the old absentee email address '' was shut down. If you have still been using this email address, it is imperative from now on that only the new absentee email is used. Any emails sent to the old address will not be received. The absentee email address and phone number can be found at the top of the newsletter, on SEQTA and on the magnet that was sent home earlier this year.


Phone: 9301 6270



Thursday 15 August: Assumption Day Mass - Early Finish 3.10 pm

Monday 19 August: Pupil Free Day - Staff Professional Learning.


All grandparents are invited to Prendiville Catholic College on Friday 2 August to share in the life of the College with their grandchild.

Activities will include:

  • Mass with grandchildren
  • Concert
  • Morning tea

The day will commence at 10.00am with Mass in the Good Shepherd Chapel and conclude at approximately 12.00pm after morning tea. If you wish to take part in Grandparents Day, please make sure you RSVP by email to Dawn Toomey. Please indicate student’s name/s and the number of grandparents attending.

We look forward to seeing you all on Grandparents Day.

Karen Rice

Director of Missions and Identity


At the College assembly on Wednesday 31 July, the Prendiville Catholic College community acknowledged the dedication of those students who have excelled in their commitment to Service, Culture, Sport and Academic areas of the College.


Certificates of Excellence recognise outstanding academic achievement across all subjects or courses studied.


Amon Ross, Angela Melhuish, Cassandra Perkins, Emerson Cheeseman, Jasmina Borkovic, John Tristan Fajardo


Amara Ross, Caleb Ogle, Charlie Caruso, Jai Feist, Joseph Martino, Maude Poirier, Megan Davidson, Samuel Mornement, Stella Callaghan, Tiana Ford


Emily Tang, Madison Leen, Nicole Wilson, Olivia Williams, Sanders Greenwood


Ann Jobi, Eva Bollen, Jelyn Crizel San Miguel, Jerome Leung, Rebecca McHugh, Paul Muricken, Tyler Van Lamoen


Emma Preedy, Madison Snelling, Anupa Benoy, Isis Ross


Dara Hart, Isabelle Nath


The College Colours Awards serve to acknowledge the achievement of excellence in College activities. The awarding of Colours aim to enhance College spirit and student pride and dedication to academic excellence, sporting and cultural endeavours and service to the community. The Colours Awards recognises consistent and sustained application and effort in all areas of College life. Recipients of the College Colours Award embody College spirit in their awareness of others by being empathetic and displaying initiative in the positive development of the College culture.

Congratulations to the following worthy recipients of College Colours:


Aiden Burgess, Riley Franchina, Jessica Lea, Ashton Stackpole


Chloe Duncan, Ebony Edward, Madison Enright, Pia Finn, Stephen Gill, Hayden McQueen, Mia Scroop


Ryan Boultbee, Lachlan Forde, Ciara Malone, Amber McManus, Haydn McQueen, Kate McQueen, Paul Muricken, Xavier Russell, Reece Smallegange, Martina Veneracion, Eloise Whibley


Eva Bolen, Miguel Da Cunha, Tyler Van Lamoen


The Honours Award recognises those students who, after having achieved Colours, continue to exhibit an impressive degree of participation in College life and demonstrate achievement at the highest level. This level of accomplishment needs to have been determined or authenticated over a period of at least four years in order to receive this prestigious Award.


Alyssa Burgess


Kate Avery, Chloe Aylward, Grace Lenaghan, Rachel Norris, Hannah Russell, Sarah Sharman, Madison Snelling, Luca Vines, Kaitlin Westcott, Callan Williams


Anupa Benoy

We congratulate the students who received an award and thank them for their ongoing commitment to serving with pride, leading with confidence and inspiring our community with their outstanding efforts.


Now in its seventeenth year, the St George's Art Exhibition is arguably one of the biggest events on the Visual Arts calendar, showcasing creative works by senior school students from across Western Australia. One hundred and seventy-two artworks were showcased (the largest number in the history of the exhibition) and only five major awards were given out on the night. The Prendiville Creative Arts area did exceptionally well with two of our students taking home a major prize.

Jordy Carrasco (Year 12) won first prize in the 3 – Dimensional category and Ally-May McGaw (Year 12) won first prize in the Digital category. Congratulations to the girls and their teacher, Miss Jodie Whitby. To win one award at this highly-prestigious event is an accomplishment, to win two major prizes is an extraordinary achievement. Well done to Helena Medic (Year 11) who also had her work selected for the exhibition.

Thursday night was significant as it also brings our total to five category awards in five years, a record of which the Creative Arts team is extremely proud.

Eamon Matthews

Head of Subject Area - Creative and Digital Art

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On a very chilly Canberra night, 26 of our students stepped off the plane to begin the 2019 Canberra Tour. Over the next seven days the students visited and participated in educational programs at more than 20 different venues to learn about the history and heritage, culture and development of Australia. The tour covered everything from the birth and development of the nation, to the scientific breakthroughs made by the CSIRO. Students discovered the nation’s diverse biomes at the National Botanic Gardens and explored the development of Australian media at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Students examined the importance of the political process of Australia through the educational programs at the Electoral Education Centre, the Museum of Australian Democracy and Parliament House itself. Of equal importance, was our visit to the Australian War Memorial.

Whilst here, students gained an understanding of Australia’s role in global conflicts and paid their respects to those who gave their lives in service of the nation. We were very fortunate to participate in a wreath laying ceremony and to speak with a veteran afterwards which was something I’m sure will stay with the students for many years to come.

We had prayed for snow but unfortunately our prayers were answered with more enthusiasm than we expected as blizzard conditions forced us to cancel our day trip to Perisher for skiing. Instead, we enjoyed a lengthy morning snowball fight in Corin Forest and spent our day exploring the National Museum, National Gallery and the National Library.

Our tour concluded in Sydney. The students were treated to tours of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge Pylon; walks through Circular Quay, Manly Wharf, the historic Rocks district and Taronga Zoo. Our accommodation afforded amazing views of the harbour and each morning and night, students could be found on the roof to take in the beautiful vista.

One of the first, and most important thanks, must go to the Parliamentary and Civics Education Rebate program. This program, an initiative of the Australian Government, provided $310 per student to reduce the costs of this tour and make it more readily accessible for the students to participate. Without it, the costs would have been much higher, and we are very grateful to have received it.

It was a very successful tour with the students learning a great deal and having a lot of fun in the process. I hope that the friendships and experience they had on the tour stay with them for a long time to come. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff who gave up their holidays to attend the tour: Ms Jade Charles, Mr James Moore and Ms Lisa Wolfe. I am very grateful for their positive attitudes, sense of humour and willingness to get involved at every stage – the students and I agree that the tour was made better for having them there.

Nathan Pereira

Tour Coordinator (with Lisa Wolfe)

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My Capacity for Leadership

July 25th and 26th saw the Year 11 cohort embrace their Retreat Theme 'My Capacity for Leadership'. On this two day retreat, students had the opportunity to break down their barriers, find courage and extend themselves to SERVE LEAD and INSPIRE others. The students were inspirational in their participation during this retreat experience.

“The first person you have to conquer is you. This is because when at last you win over a million people, the first person to bring you down could be you. Discipline yourself!”- Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Ladder

“If you cannot lead yourself, how can you lead others? Before leading others, you have to lead yourself first.” ― Debasish Mridha

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Hi, everyone! We’re Sagami Girls!!!

On July 25th, 15 Sagami girls have come to Prendiville. We’ve had this program since 1999, and Prendiville and Sagami have had a good sister school connection for a long time. Last year, some Prendiville students and two teachers came to Sagami and also had a really wonderful time together.

So, let me introduce Sagami’s school mascot. This is Sagappa “Joe”, he is the spirit of Kappa (Kappa is well known Japanese spectre). Please enjoy our mascot.

We really enjoy many classes with the Prendiville students and we have had an awesome experience here in Perth. Our group heads back to Japan next Tuesday, however, 3 girls, Mao, Yui, and Ako will stay for 2 more weeks here at Prendiville.

When you see us around the school, please say hello!!!!

Thank you,ありがとう.

From all the students from Sagami.

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The Prendiville Dance students are back with a spectacular new show that’s better than ever! The showcase ‘DUENDE’ will be presented on Saturday 7th September with two performances, a matinee commencing at 3pm and an evening show at 7pm. The showcase will be presented by Years 8-12, exhibiting a number of exceptional acts and complex choreography that is sure to entertain all ages. Book your tickets NOW (Adults $15 and student/concession $10).

We hope to see you there!

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The Prendiville Hub, Prendiville College and the Creative Art faculty’s partnership with local community radio station 89.7FM took another step forward last Wednesday. Year 11 students Jacob Murray, Erin Poole and Mitchell Rigney presented a captivating segment during the popular School of Thought program titled Conspiracy Theories. Their program covered themes including the Moon Landing, 9/11, Lizard People and the nearly forgotten publicity stunt alluding to the death of Paul McCartney.

Live radio is a daunting experience; Jacob, Erin and Mitch decided that the experience helped them to better deal with on-the-spot stress’s which confronts them on a day to day basis as upper-school students. “These guys are brave, creative and extremely articulate considering their inexperience in the medium”, commented 89.7FM coordinator John Logan (pictured) immediately after his show. “It’s amazing how many listeners comment on the school the students come from when they listen to a quality piece of broadcasting”.

The students created the program in their own time using the facilities made available by Miss Tyson in KS6. Mr Greenwood, Miss Tyson and Miss McGinnity assisted when needed during most lunchtimes to add support to this unique pastime. Tune into the link below to enjoy their work. The final 6 minutes of conversational chat is particularly clever and difficult to achieve during a live performance.

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The P & F invite all teachers, students and their families to come along for a great community building event. Get together a group of your friends and challenge each other. There will be a silent auction, games and prizes for the winning students’ table as well as for the overall winning table on the night.

Friday 9 August 2019

7.00pm start. (Doors open at 6.30pm).

Prendiville Catholic College Gymnasium

Tables of 8

Tickets - $10 ($80 per table)

BYO food and drinks (There will not be food or drinks available for purchase on the night.)

We hope that this event will be a night well supported by our families and are sure that a lot of fun will be had by all.

Tickets available now from trybooking. Please click here.

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Your generosity is sought….

The P&F committee ask for the support of all Prendiville families for the upcoming Quiz Night. We would like all families to send in an item suitable to use as a prize on the night. (Wine, chocolates, beauty products, gift cards, vouchers, household items etc...).

If your family is in the position to provide vouchers for goods and services for your business, we would love to have your support and we thank you for your generosity. We will proudly advertise your business on the night.

Donations can be sent into the front office by Thursday 25 July.

The aim of the night is to build community spirit within the school and we hope that you are able to support us and join us for a fun evening on the 9th August.

Thank you for your support.

P & F Committee


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Thursday 1 August - Think to Infinity Quiz Night

Friday 2 August - Grandparents Day

Friday 2 August - Vinnie's Winter Sleepout

Wednesday 7 August - Year 11 Careers Breakfast

Wednesday 7 August - Merit Certificate Assembly

Friday 9 August - P & F Quiz Night

Thursday 15 August - Assumption Day Mass - Early finish 3.10 pm

Monday 19 August - Pupil Free Day - Staff Professional Learning.

Every Friday - Mass, 8am, Good Shepherd Chapel


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St Simon Peter Parish, Ocean Reef

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 8am, 10am and 5pm

Our Lady of the Mission Parish, Whitfords

Sat - 6.30pm, Sun - 8am, 9.30am, 11am and 5.45pm

St Andrews Parish, Clarkson

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am and 5.30pm

St Luke's Parish, Woodvale

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 8am and 9.30am

St Anthony's Parish, Wanneroo

Sat - 6.30pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am and 6pm

All Saint's Parish, Greenwood

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am, 10.30am and 5.30pm

St John Paul II Catholic Primary School, Banksia Grove

Mon to Sat - 8am, Sat - 6pm, Sun - 9.30am


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So you’ve had a hankering to try your hand at jewellery making. You’ve thought how wonderful it would be to make something for someone special; a lasting memory for you both. Or maybe you’d simply like to make something decorative for yourself.

Well, starting on Tuesday 30 July from 6.00pm till 8.30pm and running for eight consecutive Tuesdays until September 17th, you have the opportunity to make something special. Jewellery artist and teacher Teresa Edwards is offering eight classes at a cost of $300. Tools, resources and materials all included. The classes take place in the Glass and Jewellery studio on campus. Places will be limited to 14 budding jewellers.

Teresa is offering two projects including a twist ring and a cabochon set ring but is flexible to other ideas. Earrings, pendants and a chain bracelet are other options.

The Hub is pleased to be supporting Teresa with these classes. For any queries please phone Teresa on 0421 815 432 or contact Chris Greenwood at The Hub on 9301 6249 or via email

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Savannah Steinbach will be running a 6 week Endurance Running Program starting on the 5th August 4:30pm-5:30pm at Prendiville Catholic College. Savannah runs a great program that not only helps with your running technique but will certainly kick start your Summer Sports preseason. To register please click HERE

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The Simplicity of B2me ...... click on the fun Youtube demonstration.

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